Washington (CNN) –- President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at a gathering of gay and lesbian activists in October, a key constituency that hasn’t always been receptive to Obama’s policies and style of leadership.
Obama will speak at the annual National Dinner of the Human Rights Campaign on October 1, an event he last headlined in 2009.
“We are honored to share this night with President Obama, who has a tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said in a statement. “On the heels of the end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we look forward to celebrating our victories and redoubling our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”
Obama had previously been criticized by some members of the gay and lesbian community for a perceived lack of action on core issues, namely marriage equality rights. Obama still does not support gay marriage, but has said he supports full rights for same-sex couples.
"I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every couple in this country," Obama said at the LGBT Leadership Council gala dinner in June.